Best Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Do you find that your family dinner ideas often evolve around making something with chicken? Are you always on the lookout for easy chicken breast recipes? You will want to add this recipe to your family meal planner recipe for the best baked sweet and sour chicken. The best family recipes and food ideas are those that are easy to prepare and ones that offer healthy meals kids will eat. Most children love the taste of sweet and sour so this recipe for the Best Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is bound to be popular and you can serve it either with white rice or even brown rice along with a colorful vegetable like broccoli. Mel states this sweet and sour recipe is one of the most popular recipes on her site. It is not wonder as this recipe give you tangy and sweet flavours combined in each bite. The recipe calls for a variation in the amount of sugar you use and once you make it once you can decide if you would like to have more or less, depending on your personal tastes. Apple cider vinegar is suggested as it is a healthy variety of vinegar. If you use apple cider vinegar, opting for an organic one offers health benefits. You can use other types of vinegars in the recipe but of course tastes will vary slightly with the use of other vinegars. Substitutes can be used for example, rice vinegar as Mel's says will give a bit of a sweeter and milder taste. These sweet and sour chicken pieces are baked for a full hour and although it may seem like a long time for small pieces of chicken, the baking time is more about the flavor and thickening of the sauce itself.

When you consider using chicken breast in any recipe always try to buy free range and if possible corn fed chickens. Nutritious chickens need to roam and scratch and peck as these behaviors promote health in the chicken and make the meat much tastier. Corn fed chickens are also a better way to go because corn fed makesthe meat tastier and the chicken will plump up great and will be more natural tasting. Unfortunately, chicken farms keep the chickens in large coops and they are not able to roam around and many are fed a diet that includes hormones that will get the chicken bigger faster and this is definitely not a good thing. You might not always be able to buy chickens that are corn fed and free range but always try to if possible.

When you are cleaning your chicken meat be sure always that clean off all your cutting boards,knives, countertops and especially your hands. Raw chicken carries many bacteria that can easily cross contaminate other foods. Try to have a great sanitizer as part of your kitchen cleaners and if you don’t have any then white vinegar diluted with water will also work at killing unwanted bacteria. Thanks to Mel for sharing this popular recipe. Mel has a wonderful collection of recipes on her site that you will want to browse through and try more of them out. Thanks to Mel of Mel’s Kitchen Blog for this yummy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe that will give your sweet tooth a treat and will also give your savory side a bonus as well. **

Nutrition: Best Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken from Mel's Kitchen
Ingredients: Chicken breasts, salt, pepper, cornstarch, eggs, oil, sugar, ketchup,apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, garlic salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings *Per Serving:Calories 406, Calories from Fat 148, Total Fat 16.4g 25%, Saturated Fat 9.9g 50%, Cholesterol 129mg 43%, Sodium 380mg 16%, Potassium 271mg 8%, Carbohydrates 39.5g 13%, Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%, Sugars 19.3g, Protein 24.5g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 3%, Calcium 2%, Iron 8%

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